Grants are provided to music teachers for private study, specific college-level course work or other projects that will enhance the performing and teaching skills of the applicant.Teacher Enrichment Grants may be used for private study, college-level course work or special projects in performance, pedagogy, music theory and composition. The grant is not intended to be used to pursue course work toward a degree, for travel funds or for ongoing projects. However, a grant may be approved for one additional year at the discretion of the Teacher Enrichment Grant Evaluation Committee. The number of grants awarded in any year is determined by the number of qualified applicants and available funds.
Below are descriptions of recently awarded projects.
Suzuki Teacher TrainingProject Description:Suzuki teacher training for Violin I at Greater Washington Suzuki Institute.
Piano SeminarProject Description: Attending Lawrence University's special seminar called “Piano Teaching in the 21st Century.”
Piano LessonsProject Description: Lessons of private piano and pedagogy instruction.
Music Theory WorkshopProject Description: Attend the Music Mind Games Unit 2 one-week, 30-hour workshop.
Workshop RetreatsProject Description: Participate in the first level of a series of four-level workshop retreats called Deeper Performance Studies with classical pianist and recording artist Frederic Chiu.
Diversity WorkshopProject Description: Workshop for inner city children and international refugees to help the children learn more about the traditional music and dance of their cultures.
Celtic WeekProject Description: Attend the Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week in Asheville North Carolina to study Irish Fiddle with the great County Clare fiddler Martin Hayes.
Community Choir Leadership TrainingProject Description: Attend a two week Community Choir Leadership training in Victoria, British Columbia to bring more singing into the studio.
Alaskan AdventureProject Description: Participate in the “Composing in the Wilderness” program that facilitates the creation and performance of a new chamber music work inspired by the Alaskan Wilderness.
Piano CompositionsProject Description: Prepare several of piano compositions for publication with student performers in mind.
RecitalProject Description: Perform a recital program specifically devoted to the music of Cesar Franck.
Children’s BookProject Description: Research and write a book about Forty Famous Composers for children.
Flute CDProject Description: Record flute CD in order to develop skills as a professional musician and also develop her ability to collaborate with other Taiwanese composers.
Children’s ChoirProject Description: Take 25-hour long private lessons in vocal technique with a local teacher who also has experience in choral direction.
Pedagogical StudiesProject Description: Study with a master teacher to further pedagogical studies in the area of developing male voices.
CertificationProject Description: Attend the World Music Pedagogy certification offered through the Smithsonian at the University of Washington Seattle.
Golandsky InstituteProject Description: Attend a seminar through the Golandsky Institute or a private certified teacher of Taubman Approach.
MTNA National CertificationProject Description: Study privately with a piano teacher who is NCTM certified in order to become nationally certified.
Haitian Folk SongsProject Description: Study and transcribe five Haitian folk songs for beginning piano and also (separately) for beginning string ensemble.
Private StudyProject Description: Private study with Dr. Victoria Fischer of Elon University to enhance knowledge of advanced piano literature and pedagogical approaches.
Violin RetreatProject Description: Attend the Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers at Indiana University.
Gordon Institute for Musical LearningProject Description: Attend a Level 1 Professional Development Course in Piano with Marilyn Lowe and Jennifer Fisher at the Brookline Music School in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Piano PedagogyProject Description: Independent study course in Piano Pedagogy at Bethel College from Dr. Vicki Warkentien.
Piano Technique RepertoireProject Description: Study piano technique repertoire and pedagogy with Mary Jane Clarke, NCTM.
Colorado Suzuki InstituteProject Description: Participate in a Piano Practicum at Colorado Suzuki Institute with Fay Adams in June 2017.
Theory and Composition ClassProject Description: Learn how to teach a class that combines theory and composition using traditional as well as contemporary harmony.
Suzuki PianoProject Description: Enroll in the Suzuki Piano Unit 1 class this summer at the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute.
Chamber Ensemble Performances Project description: Performing with Austin Chamber Ensemble for local elementary schools.
Golandsky Institute Project description: Study with Golandsky Institute faculty member to help with arthritis and performing.
MTNA Conference Project description: Attend 2015 MTNA Conference in Las Vegas.
Vocal Rehabilitation Project description: Lessons for vocal rehabilitation and therapy with specialist.
Dalcroze Eurythmics Workshop Project description: Dalcroze Eurythmics workshop at Anderson University.
Private Lessons Project description: Private lessons to satisfy MTNA certification requirement.
Three Certification Grants Project descriptions: MTNA Certification in Piano and Flute; and MTNA Certification.
Improvisation Workshops Project description: Improvisation workshops offered by Music for People.org, and attend their improvisation camp.
Technology Course Project description: Music Technology Project Course to learn Sibelius 7 and Sonar programs.
Five Suzuki Training Grants Project descriptions: Suzuki training with renowned teacher, Mary Craig Powell in Columbus, Ohio; Suzuki training at Holy Names University Suzuki Teacher Training Institute; Attend Suzuki Institute for Piano Unit 4; Attend the Ithaca Suzuki Institute; Completing Suzuki Piano Method teacher training courses.
Private StudyProject description: Private study with Seymour Bernstein.
Music Theory For Pedagogy Project description: Take two music theory courses to be applied towards Certificate of Piano Pedagogy program.
Online Teaching Course Project description: Online teaching course for teaching group classes.
Online Course On Singing Project description: Online Course offering a detailed exploration of the major physiological systems of the singing voice.
Theory And ArrangingProject description: Music theory and arranging course through Berklee College of Music online.
Piano Certification Course Project description: Attend two-week Piano Certification Course through the Gordon Institute of Music Learning.
Study Session Project description: Three day study session at the New School for Music with group and private lessons.
Teach Songwriting Project description: Teach songwriting process through theory training, writing, sequencing/arranging.
Organ Lessons Project description: 12 weeks of organ lessons to play in church in community. Compelling reasons.
Start A Computer Lab Project description: To develop a new computer lab to enhance the musical education of students with regular technology lessons incorporated weekly.